6 Steps That Will Almost GUARANTEE Your Win!
How You Can BE More, DO More and ACHIEVE More When the Odds Are Stacked Against You.
Life can be a lot like the snowball fights we had when we were kids (and some of us still have as adults!). Just when you think its over, you turn around and somebody throws a snowball at your face from two feet away yelling “Think fast!” (think Jeff Daniels in the movie ‘Dumb & Dumber’). You may have had an experience like this. It’s certainly no way to win.
If you want to stay on top of your game and survive, then you’d better be an informed person who is able to think and act quickly.
This means being intentionally PROACTIVE, not just REACTIVE.
Below I’ve listed six steps to help you succeed based “loosely” off of a model used in the military for successfully planning and carrying out real-world missions.
Most people don’t win by accident. They win because they have a plan to win.
Here are the six steps you can use to plan your win:
I know this sounds profoundly simple, and it is. But its not always easy. You’d be amazed at how many people want something, but never make a solid decision to go get it. Some of the reasons people don’t make decisions include thoughts of indifference, complacency, laziness, or they’re not incentivized enough. Some people think the cost of their decision will outweigh the benefits of it, while others don’t feel prepared, or they fear somebody will disagree with them.
If you want to achieve anything in life, you have to make a definite decision to go for it and plan to win.
Zig Ziglar once said that if you aim for nothing, you’ll hit your target every time. He’s right. And when you don’t have a plan, you dramatically increase your odds of failing to hit your target. A shocking number of people claim to know what they want and how to get it, but they don’t actually have a plan.
Your plan may be a simple bulleted-style list or it may be a complex business plan. Either way, having a plan allows you to consistently stay clearly and concisely focused on the next step you need to take to accomplish your mission.
Think of your game plan as rungs on a ladder. Identify each of them, build them from the ground up, and then systematically climb each one until you reach the top.
Contrary to popular belief, practice does not make perfect. Nobody is perfect and nobody gets it right all of the time. But practice can get you closer to perfection than you’d ever become otherwise.
Those who become top leaders in their industries and major movers and shakers of influence have usually dedicated countless hours sharpening their skills and nearly perfecting their craft. Research Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000-Hour Rule” for more on this idea.
Do some people get opportunities simply because they are the right person’s nephew or kid? Of course they do. But if they aren’t well practiced in their role it will eventually show.
Practice and become the absolute best at what you do when nobody is looking so you will always do what you do well and be the absolute best, whether anybody is looking or not.
All of the planning in the world becomes obsolete if you never take deliberate action on your plan.
While fighting the war in Afghanistan, this consisted of leaving the comfort zone of our Forward Operating Base (FOB) daily and actively fulfilling the missions we’d previously planned. For you, it may be as simple as sticking to your diet, eating the right foods, and actively avoiding places that offer you the unhealthy meals you’re trying to avoid. This could even include getting up every morning at 6am to go workout and meet your goals to fulfill your plan to lose weight.
In most situations, any action taken is better than no action at all.
5. Succeed or Fail
Every action you take will produce a result. You will either accomplish your goal or fail to meet it. Either way, you will learn valuable insights about yourself, your mission, and life. John Maxwell put it best when he said “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”
What you do in that moment, especially if you failed, is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. It is the choice made at this point in the process (success or failure) that almost always differentiates those who ultimately win in the long-run from those who don’t.
6. Refine and Repeat
After every mission a military unit carries out, an event called an “After Action Review” (AAR) takes place.
The purpose of an AAR is to identify what was done right, what went wrong while on the mission, what was done well and what needs to be done better, which tactics and practices to keep, and which ones to do away with.
This process is a necessary one in order to perform better on the next mission. This part of the process has no place for ego or people who are overly sensitive emotionally. You need a plan for constantly becoming better in your life, personally and professionally, and the truth will help get you there.
Those who are willing to admit what they did wrong, correct it, and become better are those most likely to succeed when attempting to win next time they try.
Which of these six steps do you need to be more intentional about implementing to win in your life? Leave a comment below: